Orpington gas upgrades set to cause travel disruption

PUBLISHED: 15:19 20 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:19 20 May 2016

Roads will be closed while gas upgrade works take place

Roads will be closed while gas upgrade works take place


SGN is carrying out upgrade work on the local gas network

Temporary road closures are to be put in place in Orpington at the end of the month as part of a project to upgrade the local gas supply network.

Shire Lane is to be closed between Farnborough Hill and Beechwood Avenue in both directions, with motorists diverted via Downe Road, A233 Westerham Road, A232 Croydon Road, A21 Farnborough Common and A21 Farnborough Way.

A section of Farnborough Hill westbound from the A21 Farnborough Way roundabout to Contessa Close will also be closed.

Farnborough Hill will become one-way eastbound along this section of the road, while westbound traffic will be diverted via the A21 Farnborough Way and the High Street.

The upgrade works, which will ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply reaches the community, will begin on May 28 and last for nine days.

Craig French, construction manager at gas distribution firm SGN, said: “We’ve worked closely with the local authorities in planning this work and we will be doing everything we can to reduce disruption during our essential project.

“We have planned to carry out this essential project during the school half-term holiday, when the roads are traditionally quieter. Our engineers will also be working extended hours and over the weekends to complete this work as quickly as possible.

“We appreciate that roadworks can be frustrating. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means once the work has been completed, Orpington homes and businesses will enjoy the benefits of a continued safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.”

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